Ever Banega provides the spark as Inter beat Crotone


 Ever Banega was given the run of the Inter midfield and performed admirably in Sunday's win.

 Fans who shuffled into the San Siro expecting a show were disappointed to find out that the real spectacle had taken place in central Milan, where Inter's reality-style search for a new coach continued in earnest. Meanwhile, the poor souls who made it to the stadium were treated to a coma-inducing 80 minutes, where Inter offered little going forward and visitors Crotone even less.



As is typical for teams afraid to expose the Nerazzurri, the Pythagoreans (the famous mathematician was a Crotone native back in the day) eventually succumbed to a sweet Ivan Perisic finish and a Mauro Icardi brace in a 3-0 win for Inter.







Though often mentioned in this column, one cannot praise Ever Banega enough. The former Sevilla man is a joy to watch and his shooting was actually on point in Sunday's win. Mauro Icardi did what he is paid to do, scoring a brace in a game that should have ended 0-0. Eder is also the change-up Inter need.








Stefano Vecchi's team looked horribly rigid, with the midfield duo of Marcelo Brozovic and Joao Mario taking a step back -- the European champion looked particularly ineffectual. Perisic is playing as badly as he did this time last year, only he now seems to be resting on the laurels garnered in Spring. Icardi was also invisible before he found the back of the net.






Manager rating out of 10

5/10 -- Vecchi tried to replicate Frank De Boer's tactics but the Beneamatalooked stale in the first half, relying on cross-field balls and quick one-twos to get things going. Needless to say, it didn't work. Still, the youth team coach gave Banega a free hand and was wise to move Perisic to the right, from where the Croatian scored.


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